Casperson bill to protect wood-burning stoves passes Legislature

For Immediate Release
Dec. 18, 2014

Contact: Marty Fittante

LANSING, Mich—The Legislature has passed Sen. Tom Casperson’s legislation to make sure that Michigan residents aren’t saddled with state regulations on the use of their wood-burning stoves.

Senate Bill 910 aims to prohibit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality from regulating wood-burning stoves through rules and from enforcing any Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations limiting emissions from wood-burning appliances that may be imposed after May 1.

“The proposed EPA regulations are a recent example of overreach by bureaucrats, as we too often see, especially from the EPA,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “Using wood as a heating source has been a way of life for centuries in the U.P. This measure will put a stop to any such overreach of government that could occur at the state level in order to protect our way of life.

“Given the challenges last winter presented with extreme conditions which are expected to occur again this year, propane shortages, and price increases that left many families hurting, this is no time for the EPA to advance regulations to restrict one of the most dependable and affordable options for providing a basic need for so many—heat for their homes and small businesses.”

The new standards set forth by the EPA would impact new pellet, corn burner and outdoor wood boilers. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, manufacturers of wood stoves and heating appliances have estimated that the proposed new emission requirements could virtually end the burning of wood for heat in the United States and more than double the cost of new wood-burning appliances.

SB 910 passed the House of Representative this week and was sent to the governor for his consideration.